Sunday, September 21, 2008

Transportation Week

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This week our theme was transportation. I further separated each day into a specific kind or kinds.

Monday - Planes and other Air Craft
Tuesday - Trains
Wednesday - Cars and Trucks
Thursday - Buses and other vehicles
Friday -Boats

Things didn't go exactly as planned (do they ever?) and so some activities crossed into others days. We didn't finish everything I had planned but also did some things I didn't have planned. We also did some basic street safety.


I don't have any pics for Monday. We made a cardboard plane but the pic isn't very good so I didn't include it. We went to playgroup today and airplanes were overhead on the way so we talked about them. I asked questions such as where do planes fly? Are they big or small? I said how planes are really big but they are up so high they look small. She doesn't really understand that though. We read a book about airplanes too.


Here Morgan is making a number train. she has 5 train cars with numbers on them and she has to glue them on my hand drawn train tracks in order. Then she colored them in. She liked this activity. I believe it was one of Jan Brett's pages.

Alastrin colored a train picture.
This wasn't on the plan but since we didn't have a chance to see a real train, I called up You Tube and searched for trains and we watched a few videos of trains. The one pictured was her favourite. You could see the lights of the trains for a while before you saw the train. I didn't but I would suggest you screen you tube videos before showing them to your children. We didn't stumble upon anything bad but we could have.
Way back when I was pregnant with Morgan, our friend Jay gave us this train set that used to be his. Until now I had never brought it out but since we were learning trains, I did. It's beat up and needs batteries which we didn't have but Morgan liked it. When it first started moving (the old batteries lasted a minute) she was scared of it! She's still a little young as she wants to push it around the tracks and it's not made to do that. It's completely electronic.

We also made an egg carton train but it didn't turn out great so I didn't post a pic.


Wednesday we didn't do much structured homeschooling as we went to playgroup in the morning and Girl Guides after dinner. We did talk about cars and trucks on the way to playgroup and watched a recycle truck at work on the way home. She did a traffic patterns worksheet from Bry Back Manor but our main craft waited till Friday. (see below)


We made this cool egg carton school bus. The yellow paint didn't cover the words on the carton though like it was supposed to so we glue yellow construction paper over it as well. I couldn't find magazine photos of kids though so it's adults in the bus. Oh well. It's just the top half of the carton so she can't drive it around or anything, it's just for show.

Thursdays we go to the library and to their playgroup so we didn't do much that day either. We did see a firetruck go by and talked about that. They had bus colouring pages too and we sang the wheels on the bus and read her Seals on the Bus book (by Lenny Hort)


We got an activity sheet from Enchanted Learning that had her trace the letter b, colour in a picture of a boat and then cut out some pieces to make a boat. The picture above is showing her decorating in her boat picture after gluing the pieces down. She loved this too.

Alastrin with another colouring page.

As stated above, we did our cars and trucks craft on Friday. They painted by rolling toys cars and trucks through paint on their paper. This was a hit.

Here is Alastrin doing her craft.

Not pictured for this week: more transportation books, practicing street safety, watching Barney safety video, watching Thomas the Tank Engine, watching Transportation Songs video, lots of chat about transportation as we were outside walking and a few homemade matching pages.

Next week is Autumn!

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